Harmony Children's Edition: A Vision for Our Future

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G'night mateys . . .

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales sends an inspiring message about how we can change the course of environmental destruction by living in harmony with Nature.

In an adaptation of his adult book Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World for young readers, The Prince shares how many years of research have led him to a series of holistic solutions for change. He encourages global citizens of all ages to search for a ...

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Overview

G'night mateys . . .

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales sends an inspiring message about how we can change the course of environmental destruction by living in harmony with Nature.

In an adaptation of his adult book Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World for young readers, The Prince shares how many years of research have led him to a series of holistic solutions for change. He encourages global citizens of all ages to search for a harmonious balance with Nature in order to solve the greatest crisis in modern history—the survival of our planet.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Published simultaneously with Prince Charles's Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, this adaptation for young readers is a call to environmental action that mainly advocates the use of biomimicry (using nature as an inspiration for innovation), while touching on the value of organic farming and exercise. "I think by following Nature's lead and paying attention to natural harmony, we can find a lot of clues to developing new systems and technologies that will help preserve life in the future," Prince Charles writes, before describing adhesives that are similar to the feet of geckos or mussels, a desert beetle that inspired structures that collect water in arid parts of the globe, and other examples of biomimicry in action. The overall tone is friendly, and the author emphasizes promise and potential over environmental problems, avoiding the feel of a polemic. Throughout, photographs further demonstrate patterns and affinities in the natural world (such as the spiral present in DNA, a daisy, and a shell), and between nature and technology. An accessible primer that should give readers food for thought. Ages 5–9. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
As an adaptation of his adult book, Prince Charles has written a flowing narrative concerning his philosophy about how people, animals and plants need to live together in harmony. He expresses his opinions about pollution and proceeds to explain how we can take better care of nature. This explanation begins with a discussion of how DNA molecules exist in every living thing, and how the different shapes in nature are all connected. How different species depend on each other is described as a form of harmony. Examples are given of how we can find clues from nature to develop technologies that will help preserve life in the future. By observing the beetle in the desert, scientists have learned methods to collect water in places in the world that have very little water. Scientists are attempting to produce glue based on the substance that mussels have in their feet that they use to attach themselves to underwater structures. Ways to live in harmony with nature include approaches to farming, such as organic farming, and staying healthy by getting more exercise. He believes that architecture could be more environmentally friendly by using shapes and materials found in nature. With its thoughtful and positive approach, this book would be a good choice for parents and teachers to read aloud and discuss with children. Full?page colorful photographs show some lovely aspects of nature. A glossary and index are included. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061731341
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 921,758
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The Prince of Wales has used his unique position to make a difference throughout the world, establishing numerous charities and public interests, and organizing The Prince's Rainforests Project to combat deforestation and global warming.

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